Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days

Set in our modern day real world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America s first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crime fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by aSet in our modern day real world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America s first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crime fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide But Mayor Hundred has to worry about than just budget problems and an antagonistic governor, especially when a mysterious hooded figure begins assassinating plow drivers during the worst snowstorm in the city s history Suggested For Mature Readers.
Ex Machina Vol The First Hundred Days Set in our modern day real world Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred who becomes America s first living breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powe

  • Title: Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days
  • Author: Brian K. Vaughan Tony Harris Tom Feister J.D. Mettler
  • ISBN: 9781401206123
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days”

    1. A really interesting mix of political drama and superhero comic. Short version: I liked it. It's well done. Good narrative. Good story. Smart comic. The longer version. Well. Through no fault of the book itself, I'm afraid this comic is starting to show its age a bit. The comic was written between 2005 and 2010, and set between 1999 and 2008. That's not a long time ago historically, or even technologically. But since this book deals with pressing social issues of the day, 7 years is a *ton* of t [...]

    2. Read a graphic novel.3.5 starsI really enjoyed this first volume (I think it contained the first 5 serials) about a politician who has developed the ability to talk to machines after a mysterious accident. I only wish I had the other volumes in the series! Argh!!Mitchell Hundred is injured in a mysterious explosion and suddenly finds himself able to communicate with machines. Sometimes, this ability really helps him (such as telling a gun being used to assassinate him to jam) but at other times, [...]

    3. It's interesting to see where BKV got his roots. Saga is space opera, it's a huge idea, and Paper Girls is zany 80s fantasy. Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina are similar in their restraint. They both have their quirks but they're modest, more concerned with dialog and tight plotting than big ideas. The idea here is a super hero, The Great Machine, albeit not a very good one who controls machines, retires and runs for mayor. It's part social commentary, part crime procedural, but with BKV's signatu [...]

    4. Mitchell Hundred, formerly the super hero known as The Great Machine, gets elected mayor of New York. From there, he deals with a blizzard, a controversial painting, a sleazeball trying to blackmail him, and a killer killing snowplow drivers.I can't BELIEVE I didn't pick this up before now! BKV and Tony Harris make a good team. I really liked how the story shifted back and forth from Hundred's mayoral term to his former super hero career. The supporting cast was very well developed. The fact tha [...]

    5. You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Set around the year 2000, Ex Machina (Volume 1) The First Hundred Days concocts a New York city politics-filled drama mixed in with a dose of realistic superhero vigilantism. Writer of countless renown series such as Saga, Y: The Last Man and Paper Girls, Brian K. Vaughan offers us the story of Mitchell Hundred as he randomly lives through a freak accident that presents him with never-before-seen superpowers. This volume collects issues #1-5 and [...]

    6. As far as slightly unconventional superhero stories go, Ex Machina is (so far) one of the more interesting one. Mitchell Hundred starts his career as a superhero in a fairly conventional way. From what we've seen so far in flashbacks, he made the usual, realistic mistakes, and had the usual, realistic results, both positive and negative. The change comes when Hundred decides that he can have more positive impact as mayor than as superhero. It's an interesting setup, and so far, it seems to be wo [...]

    7. Still my very favorite work from BKV. I feel like this takes the superhero genre and infuses it with the perfect dose of reality. While definitely not for young readers, it has Vaughn's perfect blend of wit, suspense, and charm, all infused into a thoughtfully told story of using your best talents to save the world, which may not always be superpowers.

    8. Vol. 1 of 10It was good but for some reason I had no inclination to pick up the book and read it. I don't know if this is too political for my taste. Do I want to waste time and energy on this? Does the fact that I have to push myself to read this trump over the fact that once I'm reading it I'm enjoying the story? Quick catch-up so I remember what this volume is about: Mitch Hundred, mayor of NYC, is dealing with someone killing off the snow plowmen and also dealing with a controversial piece o [...]

    9. I'm not usually a fan of "realistic" superhero comics. Too often, "gritty" and "realistic" means creating dislikable characters and putting them in grim situations in the mistaken idea that this makes the comic "deep," whereas I just find them boring (at best).But Ex Machina is a fairly realistic story of a man given amazing powers who becomes a costumed crimefighter, only to quickly decide he's doing more harm than good as a superhero and could do more good in politics, as mayor of New York Cit [...]

    10. Brian K Vaughan is a master of dead-fun dialogue. Y'know, I might even sayh. Brian Michael Bendis is still my king of "taking the piss out of another character", but Vaughan is a butt-hair second place:And this is a perfect take on "superheroes" - they're reckless, self-indulgent and rarely accountable for their actions. What would happen when one of them tried to do some *real* good, after getting their powers? Compelling are the characters - richly nuanced, flawed, assholes and weirdos, like e [...]

    11. A radically different approach to the whole superhero concepta man who suddenly gains great power, already trained in having great responsibilitybut who is a better politician than he is a superhero.I couldn't put it down once I started reading it, and will read the other volumes, but it isn't for everyone. Politics, crime and terrorism, minor and major, are the battles waged here, not slugfests against other costumed characters. The story is more pulp noir than superhero, and that works just fi [...]

    12. I really wish I liked Brian K. Vaughan's "edgy" comics work more. I can't get myself to really like Y: The Last Man, and I can't get myself to like this one, eitherCollecting the first five issues of Ex Machina, the basic plot here is that a superhero who got zapped by the Brooklyn Bridge to be able to talk to machines decides to quit and run for mayor. A hero on September 11th--he managed to prevent one of the planes from flying into the Twin Towers, leading to a gratuitous ending shot to the f [...]

    13. This is an interesting take on the superhero genre, with a man randomly granted powers and first attempting to use them as a superhero, ‘The Great Machine’, before giving up on that and turning to politics in order to make a real difference. I’m not a huge fan of the art, but it’s not bad or distracting; there’s just something about it I don’t quite get on with, especially when it comes to faces.There’s really a lot more to this story than can be packed into one volume, and in a wa [...]

    14. Book Info: This collection contains Ex Machina issues #1-5.ABSOLUTE RATING: 2.5+/5 starsSTANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars>Mitchell Hundred, the protagonist of Ex Machina, is an ex-superhero (called The Great Machine) turned New York City mayor. He's essentially a telepath, except instead of reading and controlling human minds, he claims dominion over machines and certain compounds. In terms of personality, he's just the typical "regular guy" protagonist. This is something Vaughan has done [...]

    15. 3.5. I don't really know how I feel about this book?I love Brian K. Vaughn because he has diverse casts in all of his series and they never feel like he just shoved them there just because. His casts always have more than one woman, in different age ranges and usually he has members of the lgbtqia community. This one doesn't have any of the latter but it's just the first book. So, the plot is interesting. There was a twitter post going around about how Batman could've helped Gotham more by fundi [...]

    16. I didn't even finish this because the dialogue got to me . Absolute trash in places where it mattered . It made me mad . Nope . Nope . Nope . Fuck this . I don't even care if it gets better . Fuck it .

    17. Probably my least favorite Vaughan book I have read. It a strange mix of superhero and NYC politics set in 2002-2003 after the twin towers disaster. The NYC politics are pretty factual in terms of names and places but it just feels so odd having a real world setting mixed in with a dude who can talk to machines. I'm sure as future books go on more is explained but book one just didn't hook me in. The art from Tony Harris is really good, super realistic on the human faces which matches the seriou [...]

    18. Mitchel Hundred is America's first superhero, created by a freak accident that gives him control over machinery. With the help of his two friends, he dons the identity The Great Machine and takes of the responsibility of saving New York from evil. Only, unlike in the comic books, this -- erm -- comic book quickly points out that super heroes tend to cause more trouble than they think they do, especially for the authorities. Eventually, following 9/11, Hundred takes off his mask to run for mayor [...]

    19. Brian K. Vaughan's "Ex Machina, Vol. 1" may be a victim of time having gone on and the Bush era having already been explored elsewhere, but it still manages to be one damn enjoyable superhero story. Our protagonists gift is unique and the narrative shifting back and forth works due to the flashbacks not being stretched out. The side cast, while winking at us that yes it's another black sidekick, still has a black side kick alongside a new girl who just so happens to be a knock-out blonde--defyin [...]

    20. Read this a few years ago after I discovered Brian Vaughn after reading his Y: The Last Man series, and liked it very much but wasn't somehow caught up in it. so hadn't continued it. Thanks to Greg who said it was one of his favorite series, that I should read the whole thing, so I reread this, again liked it very much, again feel like I might not have continued on except he said to hang in there, that the whole arc of the story over several volumes made it worthwhile, so I am going to continue! [...]

    21. I don't particularly care for politics in my comics as a general rule, but this might be the exception. The concept feels fresh, a man acquires special powers but kind of sucks at the whole vigilante thing so he decides to make a different by becoming a politician. It was actually a lot more interesting than it sounds. The main character has unique powers and the story moves quick and integrates the present politician with the past vigilante quiet effectively.

    22. The First Hundred Days I get it now! Pretty late, though. I didn't pay much attention to this one. A political thriller with superhero vibes. Hell yeah! Sadly, it didn't work for me. I liked Mitchell, but the rest of the characters bored me. .

    23. Ce n'est pas mon comic préféré de Brian K. Vaughan, je me suis parfois un peu perdue dans la chronologie non linéaire. C'est un comic tout de même intéressant et intriguant, malgré sa lourdeur et certain dialogue qui s'étire parfois en longueur. Je n'étais pas fan de la traduction également. Mieux vaut lire la VO.

    24. Years ago, I’d read Ex Machina up until the seventh volume (Ex Machina, Vol. 7: Ex Cathedra) and then, because of shipping delays and some impatience on my part, and despite the fact that I really liked this series, I’d sold off the books. In late December of 2012, due to the fact that I really wanted to read this series again (and also because my LCS was having a 40% off sale), I got all 5 Deluxe Editions and re-read the whole thing in something like six days. The story structure of Ex Mach [...]

    25. Intriguing concept, pretty interesting characters. I like the realistic art style, but a lot of the panels are overly posed.

    26. (Series overview review - 6/14/16) Here is a brief review of the entire series now that I've completed reading it. My original review of Vol. 1 is below.So, "Ex Machina" begins with a wonderful premise that I enjoyed all the way through the series. In addition to the political-superhero dynamics, I loved seeing an everyday guy attempt (often badly) to be a superhero in the modern day. The central storyline of the series is interesting and kept me wanting to know more. The ending of the story, wh [...]

    27. Damn! Am I late on this one.I have just recently discovered Brian K. Vaughan as a writer, since I read the first volume of "Y" a while back and wasn't overly impressed by it, even not to the point where I would have been curious about the further development of the story (sue me).I was charmed a lot by the first 3 volumes of "Saga" though and decided to give his other major series a chance."Ex Machina" dragged me in from the first pages. I will not go into the plot (never understood what retelli [...]

    28. Graphic Novel. Mitchell Hundred is a civil engineer turned reluctant hero turned politician. Hundred has the power to control virtually any mechanical device, but his attempts to fight crime often end in property damage or injury and he decides to give up his life as The Great Machine and run for mayor of New York instead.This is set in a post-9/11 New York, and while it's not a huge part of the story, it is part of Hundred's life and there's a moment somewhere near the middle that kind of felt [...]

    29. I found this to be quite enjoyable. So many questions raised and left unanswered (hopefully in the following volumes). Although due to this being an election year the biggest one I had was how did an independent third party candidate win the NYC mayoral election?I found the main character's super power of being able to communicate with complex machines to be fascinating and original (at least to me). At this stage in the superhero game (DC and Marvel aside) it has to be near impossible to think [...]

    30. Having a hard time getting into this story. The characters don't come across as likeable or intriguing. The dialogue is ridiculous and is hard to take seriously. Half-way through and I'm having a hard time finding the redeeming value. Everything seems a little obnoxious in this thus far, from facial expressions, all of the situations, the dialogue, and the premise.Where as with different comics you have an understanding of an idea the character stands for which you know to take serious as it is [...]

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